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Courses - Fall 2019
ARTH
Art History & Archaeology Department Site
ARTH200
Art and Society in Ancient and Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines the material culture and visual expressions of Mediterranean and European societies from early times until ca. 1300 CE, emphasizing the political, social, and religious context of the works studied, the relationships of the works to the societies that created them, and the interrelationship of these societies.
ARTH201
Art and Society in the West from the Renaissance to the Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HA
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Examines representative European and American works of art from the later Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the dynamic exchange between artistic and cultural traditions both within periods and across time.
ARTH260
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Can art effect social change? How may we use the history of radical and avant-garde art to inform present-day movements and models of artistic and creative activism? This course explores the modern and contemporary history of political art and arts activism on local, national, and global scales.
ARTH303
Roman Art and Archaeology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Sites and monuments of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts from the earliest times through the third century A.D. with emphasis on the Italian peninsula from the Etruscan period through that of Imperial Rome.
ARTH324
Leonardo's World: Art and Experience in Renaissance Italy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts of the sixteenth century in Italy.
We will examine the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in Italy from the late fifteenth through the sixteenth centuries.
ARTH346
Nineteenth-Century European Art from 1850
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Major trends from Realism and Impressionism to Symbolism, exploring the historical context, in which concepts of gender, class, and race are integral to the transformation of Western art.
ARTH359W
Film as Art; The Screwball Comedy Film: Interrogating Gender, Class and Rationality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The Screwball Comedy was a variation on the classic form of romantic comedy that emerged during the Depression and offered timely reflectionsof American culture in the 1930s and 1940s and returned at the end of the Twentieth Century. Screwy powerful women and confused, flailing men ba ntered their way through an unsettled world of extreme wealth and poverty, loose morals and flexible reality, a world that was intensely mode rn and on the go. Screwball comedy also has served as a stage on which to examine gender roles, from the biological to the socially constructed -- sex, sexiness and sexuality and changing definitions of class, wealth and sanity
ARTH361
American Art Since 1876
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Painting, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative arts in North America after 1876.
ARTH370
Latin American Art and Archaeology before 1500
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Pre-Hispanic painting, sculpture, and architecture, with a focus on the major archaeological monuments of Mexico.
ARTH386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Art History & Archaeology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Supervised internship experience in diverse areas of art historical, archaeological, and museological work.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH389A
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines Old and Modern Master Drawings, theories of drawing and drawing practice. Lectures will discuss Dr. Betty Edward's theory of a verbal, analytical Left Brain and a visual, perceptual Right Brain. As practice, students will learn to make the mental shift from left, analytical brain to right, visual brain. Class exercises are based on Betty Edward's text, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. No prior drawing experience is necessary.
ARTH389B
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course is about understanding color and experiencing color. The course is composed of two parts, a lecture and color practice. The lectures examine a wide range of old and modern master paintings from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century. The lectures also examine how artists use color in a variety of media to distinctively record their surroundings, express their emotions and explore the aesthetics of color applications. The practice portion of this course is composed of color/painting assignments that challenge students beyond color theory. Students will complete a series of exercises based on Dr. Betty Edward's text, Color, A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Color. No prior drawing or painting experience is necessary. However, students should be willing to extend a concerted amount of time and effort on each studio assignment.
ARTH389D
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; Art and War
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course presents key examples of artworks on the subject of war, ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Class meetings will involve active discussion of ancient artifacts, of paintings by old masters such as Velazquez and Goya and of those closer to our time, such as the German expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann, and of our contemporaries, such as Anselm Kiefer. Students will learn through first-hand experience, including visits to museums and memorial sites, and discussions with art practitioners who have explored war in their own work or have lived through war conflicts.
ARTH389V
Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology; South Asian Art and Architecture in Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This survey of South Asian art emphasizes the material traditions, cultural contexts, and physical geography of its artifacts. Conditions of making, use, continuity, and transformation will be explored throughspecific objects.
ARTH488F
Colloquium in Art History; Mexican Muralism: Nation, Race, Revolution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course examines the work of "Los Tres Grandes"- Diego Rivero, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jose Clemente Orozco- and their contemporaries in Mexico and the United States between approximately 1920 and 1960.
ARTH488W
Colloquium in Art History; Monuments and Memory in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course investigates the political and cultural work of monuments in the United States since the Civil War. Taking recent struggles over the presence and removal of Confederate monuments as our starting point, we will consider issues of race and representation, memory and memorialization, appropriation and iconoclasm. How do monuments embody cultural values, consolidate power structures, and become sites for mourning and protest? We will examine war memorials, civic statuary, city beautification projects, and abstract public works, including Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982) and the recently opened Equal Justice Initiative's Memorial to Peace and Justice in Alabama. We will also explore how contemporary artists such as Tatsu Nishi, Titus Kaphar, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Kara Walker, whose ephemeral installations, photographic projections, and new sculptural bodies challenge and reinvent conventions of monumentality.
ARTH489O
Special Topics in Art History; Art in the Museum World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course is intended for upper division students majoring in art history, but it is open to anyone interested in the museum world. Its main goal is to introduce various facets of museum work and possible career paths within that environment. Many of the meetings will take place in museums and other art institutions in the Washington area. Each of them will address a particular aspect of museum work through a conversation with museum professionals and/or guided tours through different departments. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, curatorial work, collection display and preservation, and outreach programs that promote a more meaningful relationship between museums and their audiences.
ARTH498
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Art History I
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH499
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH692
(Perm Req)
Methods of Art History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Methods of research and criticism applied to typical art-historical problems; bibliography and other research tools.
For all non-Art History and Archaeology majors, permission of the department is required.
ARTH749C
Seminar in Nineteenth-Century European Art; Mary Cassat, Berthe Morisot: Gender and Impressionism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARTH758A
Seminar in American Art; The Athletic Turn
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ARTH798
(Perm Req)
Directed Graduate Studies in Art History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ARTH799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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ARTH898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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ARTH899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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